World Vegan Day is November 1st, kicking off World Vegan Month. This year, in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the coining of the word "vegan," and in recognition of its place at the very origin point of American vegan advocacy, The City of Philadelphia is proclaiming November 1, 2014 as Philly Vegan Day, which will be noted with activities, celebrations and promotions of vegan eating and living.
Some organizations and businesses have very specific plans already in place, while others are still hammering out the finer points. Though most of those following are close to a specific plan, for any set to participate who have not submitted an exact quote with their details, we've simply said "Celebrating Philly Vegan Day (TBA)."
Individuals are also doing their own activities around the day. Whether you're vegan or non-vegan, everyone can do something to support Philly Vegan Day and have it listed here, as long as it's vegan-related and is happening on November 1st. Patronizing one of the fine establishments that is participating in the day counts as an activity, if you want that to be your thing. Send your Philly Vegan Day activity to VforVeg@phillynews.com, or just add it in the comments below. One particularly inspired event will be selected to win a copy of Plant Power by Nava Atlas.
* Bala Cynwyd Library
131 Old Lancaster Rd, Bala Cynwyd (610) 664-1196
The Bala Cynwyd Library celebrates Philly Vegan Day on November 1st with a display of books pertaining to vegan food, vegan eating and vegan living.
* Blackbird Pizza
507 South 6th St (215) 625-6660
For Philly Vegan Day, Blackbird Pizzeria will do a vegan version of the "philly taco" - traditionally a Jim's cheesesteak wrapped in a slice of Lorenzo's pizza - for $10. We'll have oversized cheese slices on hand and see how many people want to take the challenge.
* Cantina Dos Segundos
931 North 2nd St (215) 629-0500
Celebrating Philly Vegan Day (TBA)
* Dottie's Donuts
For Philly Vegan Day we'll be releasing a new, special "Super-Vegan" donut.
* Down Dog Healing Cafe
1001 Carpenter St(215) 305-8201
For Vegan Day the Cafe will be launching the new thanksgiving-inspired fall menu including Spiced Spaghetti Squash & Pine Nuts, Kale & Sauteed Mushrooms (Dressed in Aminos & Apple Cider Vinegar) and Pumpkin Seed Milk Horchata. Down Dog will be celebrating Vegan Day with $1 off each new vegan item on the menu.
* Essene Market & Cafe
719 S 4th St (215) 922-1146
At noon, Essene will host the reading of the City of Philadelphia Proclamation of November 1st as "Philly Vegan Day," kicking off a special Vegan Day event featuring guest speaker Freya Dinshah of the American Vegan Society, who will talk about the 70-year history of veganism worldwide and about her experiences spreading the word here in the United States since 1960. Also appearing will be Christina Pirello and Juliene Featherman.
* The Flower Cafe at Linda's
48 Maplewood Mall (215) 991-6514
Celebrate Philly Vegan Day with us in Germantown. We will be open on Saturday, November 1st from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a completely vegan menu of soups, salads and desserts. We will, of course, have our famous veggie burgers! To mark the occasion, a free house specialty beverage will be included with purchase.
* Govinda's Gourmet to Go
1408 South St (215) 985-9303
In celebration of Philly Vegan Day we will be reintroducing our vegan chili.
* Hot Diggity
630 South St (267) 886-9253
On Philly Vegan Day we will offer 20% off for all vegetarian or vegan Hot Dogs, Burgers, or Wings. Just mention "Happy Vegan Day!"
806 S 6th St (267) 536-5672
Koliyan, a vegan and gluten-free khmer kitchen, will open on Saturday November 1 for a special Philly Vegan Day brunch from 10AM-2PM. We'll be serving Nam Bahn Jok, a national dish of Cambodia, which is a cold noodle/kroeung-curry-broth soup with rice noodles, bean sprouts, cucumbers, banana flowers and mint. For dessert, we're offering Num Asom - a coconut infused sticky rice with plantain, jackfruit, and black-eyed peas, steamed in a banana leaf.
* Miss Rachel's Pantry
1732 W Passyunk Ave (215) 798-0053
[Note: 11/1 fully booked]
In addition to the fresh biscuits and vegan herb butter that are typically on the table for guests to munch when they arrive, our Saturday, November 1 meal will kick off with special cashew-based cheese platters.
* Naturally Sweet Desserts
Naturally Sweet Desserts will be tabling and sampling at the Penn Vegan Society event..
* New Harmony
135 North 9th St (215) 627-4520
On Philly Vegan Day we will offer 10% off all items with mention of "Vegan Day."
* Nile Cafe
6008 Germantown Ave (215) 843-6453
Celebrating Philly Vegan Day (TBA)
* Penn Vegan Society
3417 Spruce St (484) 483-3589
Tabling event in Houston Hall with free vegan food samples
* Pure Sweets & Co.
1706 Locust St(215) 985-1706
1. Tabling/sampling at PVS event
2. Workshop on vegan meal preparation at PS & Co, 4 p.m.
* Real Food Works
224 N Juniper St (215) 789-9353
For Philly Vegan Day, November 1st, Real Food Works will be doing the following:
-Sending vegan chocolate to all of our Members
-Sending a recipe card to our Members for exclusive recipe for SWEET KALE SALAD.
-Messaging with recipe on all social media
* Su Tao Cafe
81 Lancaster Ave, Malvern (610) 651-8886
Hosting CARE dinner for the vegan movement's 70th anniversary:
$20 plus tip includes dinner, dessert, door prizes, and word games! Time: 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored by the Bucks County Vegan Supper Club.
* Tattooed Mom
530 South St (215) 238-9880
We will donate 50% of all sales of vegan items on Philly Vegan Day to The Humane League of Philadelphia. We partner with them on a lot of projects and cohost a monthly Vegan Drinks Philly happy hour.
* La Tierra Cafe
(Opens in Phoenixville Spring 2015)
Sampling vegan food items at Phoenixville Zombie Run and Fun Day on November 1st.
1221 Locust St (215) 320-7500
* V Street
126 S 19th St (215) 278-7943
For all gift cards purchased on November 1, 2014 (online through our websites or in person at our restaurants), 10% of the total will be donated to one or more of our favorite animal rights organizations. Vedge and V Street Gift Cards are honored at both locations, they have no expiration date, and they make excellent holiday gifts for vegans and omnivores alike. (Promo Code: VDAY) Give the Gift of Vegan on Vegan Day with a Vedge or V Street Gift Card!
* Vegan Commissary
1703 S. 11th St (215) 964-3232
On Philly Vegan Day, Vegan Commissary will launch its Thanksgiving Sandwich (Grilled Stuffing Bread with Chestnut Puree, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry Jam, Green Beans, Mushroom Gravy and Fried Onions) which, throughout the month of November - World Vegan Month - will raise money for the holiday charities of the East Passyunk Crossing Community Board.
* VGE Cafe
845 W Lancaster Ave Bryn Mawr (610) 527-3091
Vge Cafe will donate 10% of our sales on November 1st to the American Vegan Society, in recognition of their 54 years of efforts and achievements in promoting a Vegan lifestyle in America.
* Weavers Way Chestnut Hill
8424 Germantown Ave. (215) 866-9150
For one day, on November 1st, The Weavers Way Chestnut Hill store will feature a fully Vegan Hot Bar - delicious original recipes prepared in house by our talented team of extraordinary chefs! All the way Vegan on Vegan Day!
* Jenice Armstrong
I plan to spend all of Philly Vegan Day eating vegan and living vegan to the best of my ability, as well as sharing with my friends and family some of the advantages, in both health and spiritual terms, of working toward a vegan approach.
* Dynise Balcavage:
For Philly Vegan Day I will be doing a book giveaway contest for my book Vegan Pies and Tarts with Heart on my Urban Vegan blog.
* Stu Bykofsky:
For Philly Vegan Day, I will try a bowl of vegan ice cream
* Alden Cole:
Using found objects from the Neil Benson collection I will build a V-for-Vegan sculpture and have it finished and photographed by Philly Vegan Day.
* Carol Cole:
While making art at my studio at 915 Girard, I will advertise the day with a large (already created) "V" sculpture at my doorway to spur discussion of Philly Vegan Day.
* Flavia Colgan:
For Philly Vegan Day, in continuing to experiment with vegan recipes, I will be doing a "high/low" dinner, contrasting recipes that are the fancy type you find at high-end spots as well as low-end/cheap, showing you can do vegan any which way.
* @FlyPovi and
are all collaborating on a Philly Vegan Day potluck
* Michele Frentrop:
In honor of Vegan Day I will spend Saturday November 1st foraging for the most delectable wild edible mushrooms of the Fall season!
* Paul Glover:
For Philly Vegan Day I'm spreading the word about, and may be able to attend, the Mill Creek Farm Festival (Mill Creek Farm, 49th & Brown St, West Philly) featuring a costume parade, pie contest, cider-pressing, face-painting, kids games, capoeira and west african dance, farmers market and block party, Saturday, November 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. http://millcreekurbanfarm.org
It's co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Orchard Project, which plants fruits and nuts and berries; plants no cheese!
* Lee Hall:
On Philly Vegan Day I will be helping to organize and oversee CARE dinner at Su Tao in Malvern.
* John Jonik:
For Philly Vegan Day I will drink morning coffee black and leave the fish out of my dinner. Also, I will eat one fruit selected from a Giuseppe Arcimboldo painting.
* Babette Josephs:
When someone tells me s/he was a vegetarian or a vegan, but "wasn't getting enough protein" so gave it up, what I hear is, "I got bored with the food." As a vegan, I buy all kinds of vegetables and fruits, read and try out different and new recipes, read about food and its traditions, explore ethnic offerings, and work creatively to keep serving myself excellent, healthful, environmentally friendly meals that fill my tummy and look beautiful on my plate. On Philly Vegan Day I am going to concentrate on preparing and eating sea vegetables, which I love, but frequently forget to eat as often as I would like.
* Elissa B. Katz:
In honor of Philly Vegan Day, I will treat my coworkers to a vegan lunch (on that Friday, a workday).
* Ann Keech:
I will wear my V for Vegan pin and enjoy vegan ice cream!
* Allison Memmo Geiger:
For Philly Vegan Day I will be competing in a rock-climbing event while wearing a Vegan-message shirt.
* Christina Pirello:
I will celebrate Philly Vegan Day by baking 3 kinds of holiday cookies...vegan, of course. They are for a class I'm teaching on Sunday, November 2, but I can't think of a better way to celebrate being vegan than to bake delicious plant-based treats all day!
* Eva Preston:
For Philly Vegan Day I will be enjoying a delicious vegan Breakfast with my son
* Bruce Schimmel:
On November 1st, I call on the kitchen of every church, synagogue, mosque and sacred place to offer lunch to all comers. For free. And when they do — as I believe many eventually will, as more of these kitchens are renovated — what'll be served will mostly be vegan. If you want unlike eaters to share a table, then serve vegan food. It's the most inclusive cuisine over which to break bread...or broccoli.
* Zipora Schulz
* Jim Harris
Jim and Zipora will visiting various vegan eateries around town on Philly Vegan Day, flyering and posting for the Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck with silent auction to be held at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid lane from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. RSVP required: 267-847-6553
* Joel Spivak:
For Philly Vegan Day I will eat a vegan meal at a location to be determined by Vance Lehmkuhl.
* Kevin Starbard:
I plan on stopping by Grindcore House in the morning and picking up some Dottie's Donuts in order to get the morning (and Philly Vegan Day) off to a sweet beginning.
* Roz Warren:
I intend to write an essay about being a perpetually aspiring vegan and have it finished by Philly Vegan Day.